Maintain status quo on SYL canal, says SC amid Punjab’s land-return bid

  • HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 17, 2016 18:39 IST
Congress MLA Preneet Kaur, wife of the party’s Punjab unit chief and former CM Capt Amarinder Singh, along with other leaders filling up the SYL Canal at Kapoori Village near Patiala on Wednesday (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

A constitution bench of the Supreme court on Thursday directed that status quo be maintained by Punjab in terms of land, works, property and portions of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link( SYL) canal including all lands within the alignment of canal falling in Punjab.

The apex court also appointed the Union home secretary, Punjab chief secretary and the director general of police (DGP) as receivers of the land, works, etc, ordering that all these assets will vest in them and they shall ensure that status quo is maintained.

“It appears that an effort has been made to see that the execution of a decree of this court is being made inexecutable and this court cannot be a silent spectator of the said fact,” said a five-member apex court bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave.

The SC order came on an interlocutory application (IA) filed by the Haryana government seeking orders to restrain Punjab government from enacting a law by which the state government intends to give the land acquired for the construction of the SYL canal back to the original owners. The Haryana government also sought the appointment of a receiver to take custody of the SYL land and directions for maintaining status quo.

The Punjab assembly on March 14 passed the Punjab Satluj Yamuna Link Canal (Rehabilitation and Re-vesting of Proprietary Rights) Bill, 2016 for this purpose. The bill is awaiting assent from Punajb governor Kaptan Singh Solanki who holds the dual charge of Haryana also. (IANS inputs from New Delhi)

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